05/21/12 95 W - + 6 - 1 Expected the (Un)Expected

Dave Statter surfaced this video last week of a flaming van on a San Jose freeway that started rolling just after the engine arrived. Like the reader comment suggesting a chock-throwing device on the roof of the pumper. There's your million-dollar idea right there. Inventors, start your engines. It's worth noting that Statter911 has become a superb site for viewing fire videos. Dave has a knack for curating compelling content, and his readers provide equally rich entertaining and education in their comments. What vehicle fire-that-surprised-you stories can you share?

Vehicle fire at the Food Lion on New Bern (@Trawick). It was leaking gas and every time we knocked it down, it would re-ignite. One of us had the bright idea to use the dry chem extinguisher to lay a blanket over the puddled gas. Older ff (name withheld to protect the innocent?) was crouched down applying the dry chem when the tires started blowing. Then, we saw the extinguisher rolling across the parking lot and the ff standing on the sidewalk in front of Food Lion. Happy Ending though, the tires blowing leveled the van out and stopped the flow of gas onto the ground and which point the fire was quickly extinguished.
Joel Rieves (Email) (Web Site) - 05/21/12 - 08:19

Commercial strucure fire over on Overlook Rd off of Gresham Lake Rd at an auto repair shop. Myself, two other Falls FF and two Raleigh FF went in on the first or second line. There were two cars actually burning inside. We fought fire until our bottles started running out and did not even put a dent in the fire. When in later to find that someone had the bright idea to use dry chem extinguishers as well. We also realized what that we had just walked under two cars on jacks as well.
Marcus - 05/21/12 - 12:29

I was on the line when the dry chem extinguisher was used at that fire. The extinguisher was pulled off a hanger inside the building by an undisclosed New Hope Captain. I was also under the car that sat on a lift with another car under it. We didn’t know the car was there till we hit our heads on it. Surprise!! The fire was actually contained to only one car. Fortunately that night the fire didn’t light up the oxy/acetylene set or the propane forklift sitting right in front of the car. Could have ended very differently. What was deceiving to me that night was the entire end wall was mirrored. Kept trying to put that fire out too. Couldn’t figure out why we weren’t making a dent in it.
Doppler - 05/27/12 - 01:12

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